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Women, children vulnerable

Dawn Gibson
Monday, March 31, 2014

WOMEN and children are always particularly vulnerable when dealing with climate change or other pressing issues.

These were the sentiments of US Ambassador Frankie Reed at the launch of the US Government's $US24million ($F44m) grant to Pacific Island countries to battle climate change impact.

When asked about the importance of this fund to women and children in Pacific Island societies, Ambassador Reed said she saw it as an opportunity for organisations that represented women and children to come forward and apply for funding.

"When I'm travelling also I try and pay particular attention to (women and children) because I think oftentimes, populations of women and children are somewhat overlooked and as a woman, it's probably easier for me to pick up on that at times," Ambassador Reed said in an interview.

"When I look at a guest list and there are no women on it, I tend to question it more and so I think in looking at applications, it's an opportunity for women and those on behalf of children to speak up.

"If you are overlooked and people give you a chance to apply for something, I think you should move forward and identify why your application is exceptional."

The US Government provided the $44m grant to 12 Pacific Island countries in the hope that it would help mitigate climate change impacts.


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